Gardens Open

It takes a generous person to open their garden to the public for the enjoyment of others. Here lists about 300 gardens open for visiting, some year-round, others by appointment, and be sure to phone ahead.

Fruitlawn Garden


Arthur Shackleton has over 40 years of experience designing gardens. In 1999, he transformed two derelict farm buildings and their accompanying land outside Abbeyleix, into his own garden. Arthur shares Fruitlawn with artist Carol Booth and grows in the garden  a wide selectin of plants originally from his father, David Shackleton’s garden at Beech Park in Clonsilla. It has been called “enchanting” for its “billowing borders and quiet corners” by The Irish Garden Magazine, and has received visitors from around the world.

  • Name:Fruitlawn Garden
  • Address:Fruitlawn, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois
  • Phone:057 8730146
  • Website:
  • Contact: Carol Booth & Arthur Shackleton
  • Opening Times:May to October by appointment
  • Memberships:LSGT, GoIT
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Opening Seasons: Spring Summer Autumn